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The Alternative School of Economics, True Currency: About Feminist Economics, 2020. Visual identity designed by Ben Prescott. Commissioned by Gasworks.

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Workshop, 2019.

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Workshop, 2019.

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Workshop, 2019.

Henry Fawcett Children's Centre Workshop, 2019.

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Exploring the role unpaid care has in relation to women and work, this episode focuses on motherhood, and the profoundly shocking experience (for some) of infant dependency and the subsequent assertion of gender roles. It features mothers taking part in a workshop with Ruth and Amy at a local Children’s Centre, alongside academic Lisa Baraitser whose psychosocial theoretical work speaks to ideas of maternal time, and whether the maternal subject can be radical.  

True Currency: About Feminist Economics is a 6 part podcast by The Alternative School of Economics (artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck) who draw on their experiences as artists and mothers, and speak to academic researchers, policy experts, community leaders and activists, to explore financial inequality, feminism, intersectionality, labour exploitation, unpaid work, care, unionisation and reproductive labour.

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Voices in this episode

Lisa Baraitser, Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Birkbeck
Ingrid & Maite, mothers & workshop participants at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre
Claire Summers, mother, NHS Community Nurse and workshop participant

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Amy Feneck and Ruth Beale are the third artists to undertake the Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence programme, which supports London-based artists to develop work in collaboration with local community groups. The podcast series was developed between September 2019 and April 2020, through conversations with experts and workshops with community groups at the Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre and IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation). These workshops  encouraged conversations between women and parents who were interested in these ideas, and are actively involved in feminist economic projects.

Commissioned by Gasworks, supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.